I rode 75 miles on Saturday at a challenging (for me) pace with some strong riders in our group. I had no trouble keeping their pace and felt good when I arrived home. At home, I put ice on my knees as usual (just precautionary -- they are prone to a little patellar tendonitis). Other than feeling like I'd done a LOT of something, I felt good enough to go out to dinner, then have our grandsons overnight and fix them a big breakfast the next morning. No knee pain. On Sunday, did laundry, ran errands, went to the nursery, and the usual get-ready-for-work-on-Monday stuff. Still no knee pain.
Anyway, I was lying awake in the very early wee hours of Monday morning (while still dark), and felt shooting pains from my knee to my ankle. When I got up for work, I felt a new pain in the medial aspect of the knee that sometimes shoots down to the ankle. I can't avoid walking at work and there are slopes, hills, and stairs that lead to my building.
The pain is bothersome but not severe, and feels better after last night's ice pack. I am also taking Advil (for rotator cuff tendonitis in my right arm ) which should also help. I will see a doc if it isn't better in about a week.
I'm wondering if these symptoms (esp. the shooting pain from the knee to ankle) sound familiar to anyone. I'm training for an upcoming organized metric in 3 weeks and already paid the registration fee. I need to ride! Why NOW?!?